Original email info for context: On phase 2 for 24 days now and have lost 31lbs. I have started to combine my lunch and dinner and eating once a day instead of twice. Still the same amount of calories but just in one sitting. Is this a bad idea or not a problem?
Of course the original protocol of Dr. Simeons stated that this shouldn’t be done – however, that doesn’t mean you can’t try it- I don’t know your current weight but with the weight loss you’ve had in 24 days averaging at over a pound a day, and I’m also not sure if you are male or female, I get the feeling you are on the higher end of how much weight you have to lose still – so if that’s true, you may be able to get away with combining your meals for a time. You can always try it and observe your losses.
The potential positive is that you are spending more time in a fasted state before your next meal, which can potentially burn more fat and raise HGH levels to a greater degree (human growth hormone- different than hCG). The potential 2 negatives is that eating a larger meal at one sitting may raise blood sugar more which can impact weight loss, and the other possible negative I see is that fasting for such long periods of time between meals, every single day for that many days, maybe extra taxing on your body and could possibly risk the beginnings of adrenal fatigue- which would make additional weight loss and stabilization more difficult (among a lot of other really unpleasant symptoms that I have experienced all the time because I have adrenal fatigue- like extreme physical fatigue, inability to cope with stress, no stamina, etc) – that’s not really worth risking to me as it’s hard to get out of once you have it.
At some point when you no longer have as much to lose, I think it’s pretty likely that you may no longer be able to combine the 2 meals like that without experiencing issues losing weight – but of course, you will definitely know when that time comes!
I hope that helps you decide how you want to proceed.